Drivers to be Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

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A celebration of the 2013 racing season at the Tyler County Speedway and the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour will be held Saturday night January 18th at the Mollohan Center in New Martinsville, WV.  The 2013 awards banquet will recognize and celebrate the achievements of the drivers and race teams that competed during this past race season.  Drivers, fans, sponsors and staff are invited to join us in honoring the accomplishments of some of the regions finest racers.   

Divisions being showcased with awards include the J&R Excavating Super Late Models, Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Models, Two Brothers Motorsports Modifieds, EDGE Hotmods, Chris Metz State Farm Insurance Modlites and Wells Inn Mini Wedges.  Also receiving much deserved hardware will include the Top Twelve drivers of the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour along with the Top 10 in the EDGE Hotmod division.

Tickets are just $25 with doors opening for social hour at 5, followed by dinner at 6, awards presentations beginning promptly at 7 with dancing and DJ Entertainment to follow.  Tickets can be ordered by sending check or money order to the Speedway Office at PO Box 475, Middlebourne, WV 26149 or stop by Outlaw Graphics in Middlebourne or call 304-758-4411 or 304-771-6874.  Only a limited number of tickets are available so be sure to get yours today!

Grabbing an unprecedented 9th Super Late Model track championship at the Tyler County Speedway Butch McGill of West Union, WV would garner the spoils in a hard earned season edging fellow competitor Steve Weigle by a scant point.

J&R Excavating Super Late Models presented by Midcap Land & Timber  1. #1MC Butch McGill 183  2. #75 Steve Weigle 182  3. #1×1 Sonny Conley 179  4. #87 Derek Doll 175  5. #25 Mike Benedum 167  6. #B1 Paul Wilmoth Jr. 147  7. #14 Corey Conley 136  8. #3 Scott Irvin 118  9. #54 Billy Brown 97  10. #X Dusty Hamrick 93

It was a ‘cinderella’ season for Kyle Thomas as he would claim the Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Model division title in stellar fashion as the Pennsboro, WV ace dominated the division.  Not only did Thomas grab the track championship but was also declared the 2013 FASTRAK Weekly National Champion and by doing so also would claim the $5,000 top prize.

Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Models  1. #32 Kyle Thomas 219  2. #7JR Danny Thomas 175  3. #11 Mike Griffin 168  4. #13 Brandon McGrady 157  5. #32B Brian Baumberger 146  6. #K2 Kris Southern 128  6. #77 Joel Prosser 128  8. #88 Chad Green 115  9. #12R Tracy Sampson 106  10. #6 Joe Bowie 93

A familiar face will grace the winners podium in the Two Brothers Motorsports Modified Division as multi time track champion Bird Wilson of Sistersville, WV aboard the familiar unsponsored blue #20 will hoist another Season Championship to his crowded mantle.

Two Brothers Motorsports EDGE Modifieds  1. #20 Mike Wilson 170  2. #4DJ DJ Cline 135  3. #43 Gerald Deitch 116  4. #16 Travis Dickson 106  5. #0 Mark Dickson 102  6. #71c Chris Basich 98  7. #13 Jesse Wisecarver 89  8. #16H Justin Hart 83  9. #4M Kevin Miller 73  10. #18 Cody Henthorn 72

Picking up his first track championship in the EDGE Hotmod division was Sardis, Ohio’s Chad Smith aboard the black 10s machine.

EDGE Hotmods  1. #10s Chad Smith 219  2. #14 Mike Conkle 204  3. #18 Travis Thomas 194  4. #X85 Lou Ennis 190  5. #7 Kenny Isner 182 6. #40 Codi Eaton 175  7. #30 Brad Dickson 174  8. #72 Levi Flesher 136 9. #151 Stevi Magyar 128  10. #CJ3 CJ Dotson 119

Josh Baldwin piloting the lightning fast 34 machine of Beallsville, Ohio would also pick up his first track championship in the Chris Metz State Farm Insurance Modlite division.

Chris Metz State Farm Insurance Modlites  1. #34N Josh Baldwin 218  2. #862 Mitch Ward 193  3. #25 Brandon Fluharty 169  4. #17 Ryan Saffell 167  5. #3 Troy Collins 158  6. #28 Tom Keplinger 147  7. #22 Matt Ward 138  8. #18 Ryan Baker 132  9. #99 Jeff Fornash 117  10. #99E Daniel Eddy 114

It was the ‘Little Ice Man’ Jacob Ice picking up the Wells Inn Mini Wedge track championship as the young speedster was on a mission in 2013 racking up multiple wins in the highly competitive youth league of auto racing.

The annual Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sports Shirts banquet will be held in conjunction with the Tyler County Speedway again in 2014 where the top modified pilots of the ‘Easts Elite Modified Tour’ will be honored.  The collective group of racers will be presented their hard earned hardware as well as any year end point funds and winnings.

Rick Aukland will be honored for his efforts amongst the best of the best in 2013. The veteran of the sport has earned the bulk of his hardware in the late model ranks which includes some of dirt biggest wins, toughest championships, and with over 600 career feature wins holds a place in the Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. However, the Zanesville, OH native has found a new home in the open wheel modified ranks and now sits atop as the champion of one of the most prestigious tours in the entire country. Joining Bobby Kitchen as a past champion, Aukland will now have his own black and white artifact in the Renegade of Dirt record books. The pilot of a Jerry Snyder family owned #2A Lightning Chassis sponsored by Sweeney Services, the ‘Badlands Bandit’, Aukland racked up over $22,000 in winnings in just nine touring events in 2013 including $5,000 dollars for winning the tours second year championship. The champion also holds the most wins in Renegade of Dirt tour history with seven, four of which attained during his 2013 championship campaign.

The entire list of Renegade of Dirt racers faced a multitude of challenges throughout the course of the season fending off some of the highest quality modified racers in the country at each touring event. It is with tremendous appreciation that tour officials honor the Renegades of Dirt drivers this year for their achievements on and off the track. The drivers were always going above and beyond to be positive ambassadors for the tour and proved without a doubt why the Renegades of Dirt are known to be the best of the best. The top twelve listed in order include; Jesse Wisecarver, Travis Dickson, Jess Hartman, Kyle Strickler, Rich Michael Jr., Mark Dickson, Tanner Wilson, Nathon Loney, Scott Stiffler, Kevin Miller, Amanda Stiffler.

In addition, the 2013 participants of the EDGE Hotmods will also be honored on the evenings for their accomplishments. The 2013 season proved to be one of the most competitive yet for the young and growing division that saw Chad Smith best the talented class of grassroots racers. Smith a relative new comer to the division took to the dirt like a seasoned vet easily Smith navigated the dirt ovals of Legendary Hilltop Speedway and Tyler County Speedway en route to his first and a very convincing championship title. The Sardis, OH operations tech at Williams Services operated his family owned #10s ’2Brothers Motorsports Hotmod’ sponsored by Blakes Auto Glass, Quinets Court Restaurant, AAA Homes, and Litman Excavating to twenty two EDGE Hotmod wins in 2013.  Perhaps even more impressive during his dominant sophomore season was his thirty two top threes in his total thirty six races competed in during 2013, a feat that could be boasted as a record for quite some time. The rest of the EDGE Hotmod top ten will also be honored for their accomplishments on the season from second to tenth respectively; Mike Conkle, Kenny Isner, Lou Ennis, Brad Dickson, Travis Thomas, Mike Lauer, Josh Sigler, Levi Flesher, and Bill Sigmon. Some big plans are in the works for the 2014 EDGE Hotmod division and should be announced in the coming weeks.

The Hometown Racing Association would like to thank all of the competing race teams, sponsors, track staff, family and friends and most importantly our valued race fans for making the 2013 race season a success!  We look forward to another terrific race season in 2014 as we celebrate the ‘bullrings’ 40th season!



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